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April 26, 2009

Natural Remedies for Excema

In a recent study, researchers examined 14 eczema patients that had received traditional Chinese medicine treatments, including a bath additive, creams, herbal tea, and acupuncture. In all but one patient, eczema severity dropped by up to 90 percent after 3.3 months of treatment, and quality of life improved by at least 50 percent after 2.4 months of treatment.

Abstract: The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology February, 2009

Posted by mpence at 07:02 PM

Acupuncture Eases Radiation-induced Dry Mouth In Cancer Patients

Xerostomia is a condition that develops after the salivary glands are exposed to repeated doses of therapeutic radiation.
A study recently published in the Head and Neck Journal studied patients with xerostomia who had completed radiation therapy.

The twice weekly acupuncture treatments produced highly statistically significant improvements in symptoms.

More information can be found in a Science Daily news article. The original Head and Neck journal publication could not be found online.

News: Science Daily April 25, 2009

Posted by mpence at 06:33 PM

April 13, 2009

Acupressure Eases Radiation Nausea in Cancer Patients

In the recent release of the Journal of Pain and Symptom management,
acupressure wristbands reduced nausea for cancer patients undergoing radiation therapy.

Patients wearing the special wristbands had a 23.8% reduction in self-reported nausea compared with 4.8% among those who received usual care (P=0.01).

News: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, April 2009

Posted by mpence at 12:18 AM

April 06, 2009

Guy of the Needles

An interesting article describes a prominent London acupuncturist and the path of his career.

Story: Telegraph March 26, 2009

Posted by mpence at 12:23 AM

April 05, 2009

Drug Addiction and Acupucture: A User's Perspective

A recent article in the Baltimore Sun describes experiences by drug addicts in their struggle to overcome addiction in their lives.
While acupuncture has not been conclusively proven effective in the treatment of addiction, graduates of Baltimore City Detention Center tell their account how acupuncture helps.

"We are not saying it's curing addiction — there is no cure for addiction," says Dave Wurzel, a certified acupuncturist whose firm does the jail's treatments. "Just like there is no cure for heart disease or diabetes. All we are doing in addiction treatment is lowering the risk factor that this person will die today of his or her addiction."

Story: Baltimore Sun March 23, 2009

Posted by mpence at 11:47 PM